From Setting Fires to Being Set on Fire – By Kat Taylor

FireFor months I watched Edgar walk around campus looking downcast, sometimes mad, and lost. When he would see me he would greet me with, “Hi Miss Taylor” and the best smile he could force. At the time I knew nothing about his past or the spiritual battle going on in his life.

This last Spring we took as many students as wanted to go to an ARME Bible Camp being held in Texas. While most of the students just soaked up the times of Bible Study and prayer, Edgar became more and more agitated. At one point he left the meetings.

Concerned about him I went looking for him and found him in a corner crying. As I sat down, Edgar exclaimed, “I don’t want to be here! I don’t want to know who God is! I can’t see Him and I can’t feel Him, so I don’t believe He is real!”

Edgar then began to tell me his story. He had always hung with the rough kids. He’d already been kicked out of three high schools before coming to the United States. He’d also stolen cars, set things on fires and created lots of problems. “My life is just a failure!” he sobbed. “I’ve even tried to kill myself three times, and I even failed doing that! I just don’t want to live any longer.”

After listening for a bit, I asked if I could gather a group to pray for him. Much to my surprise, he said yes.

We spent a long time praying for Edgar that night. We cried together as we prayed that God would help Edgar see that He was real and that He truly cares.

Suddenly during the prayer time, Edgar remembered a car accident that he’d been in previously. He hadn’t been wearing a seat belt and the car had flipped. A hand had grabbed his arm to help him out of the wreckage to safety. The hand had always been a mystery. But that night as we prayed, Edgar realized he had felt God. God had worked, via an angel, to help rescue him from that wreck. Happiness flooded Edgar’s soul as he recounted the miracle that he had forgotten.

As we parted that evening, I praised God for the breakthrough we’d experienced.

The next morning, I found myself being greeted by a young man with a huge smile and a completely different face…a face filled with joy and peace.

After returning to school Edgar had more challenges and trials but he has continued to grow in faith, to study the Bible and beam with excitement as he learns new things from God’s Word. He now wants to share his love for God with his family so they too may have the same joy and peace that he has found.

At the end of the school year, Edgar made his commitment to God public and was baptized. Once again we wept together, only this time they were tears of joy instead of pain.

This young man who once set things on fire for fun has now been set on fire for God.

Kat Taylor writes from Oklahoma where she serves as the girl’s dean of Oklahoma Academy. Edgar is now attending the University of Montemorelos in Mexico and has given permission for his testimony to be shared.

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  • Kayreen kufa

    What a very powerful testimony on the power of genuine simple faith filled prayer.
    I love you lord and I lift up my voice to worship You.
    Please join me as I pray for my friend Easther’ s Mother who is very unwell in Zimbabwe.
    Thank you for praying.

    • khethiwe

      Praying with you my sister. May God heal her in an amazing way.

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thank you very much

    • Fungai Sakaike

      Praying with you for your friend’s mom! Powerful testimony above because our youth need our prayers always!

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thank you

    • Ken

      Praying now

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thank you very much

    • mona

      🙏Lay your healing hand on this precious lady O Lord.Amen.
      Thank You that You will.

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thank you

    • PNB

      Dear sister Kayeeen, I am joining you in prayer for Easther’s mom, presenting her to our Great Physician. I pray she feels His Presence and is a recipient of His saving grace and healing power. Blessings. – Peter Nigel

      • Kayreen kufa

        Thanks

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amen and Amen, very Powerful testimony, yes we are joining you to pray for your friends mother. Please include my children in your prayers as well. Only God knows their future. It is my earnest desire for the Lord to bring them back to Him and to use them for His service. Please LORD help us in all of our situations not to loose focus but to look to You Jesus and Jesus alone in ALL that we do and faced with in Jesus name we pray. Amen

      • Kayreen kufa

        Am grateful

  • khethiwe

    Amen God is in the business of saving many, let us help by bringing all souls to Him.

  • Sharon

    Hallelujah praise be to God & forever amen

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    Praise be to God. God has His mysterious ways of bringing His children to salvation. May we continue to pray and not get tired,

  • mona

    Praise God.
    It brought to mind an incident I had when I was a new driver many years ago.I came to a blind bridge in which cars can only drive over singly.
    Another car was coming and so was I. Unseen hands took control of the steering wheel and we escaped injury.Thank You Lord for All Your kindness to me down through the years.
    Friends please pray for Ronnie in ICU and doctors are unable to cure him. He needs new lungs it seems, surely the Lord can lay His healing hand on Ron today.I intend to fast and pray for him today.By His stripes we are healed

    • PNB

      Sister Mona, I am partnering with you in prayer for Ronnie. I pray God gives him assurance of His love and grace right now in the ICU. I pray God grants him the healing we all seek for him, in God’s providence and supreme will. May God strengthen your faith and resolve and use you as a conduit of His grace, love and mercy. Blessings. – Peter Nigel

    • Gloria Mosha-Onchiri

      Praying for Ronnie.

    • Kayreen kufa

      Am praying too

  • April

    God is real.

  • Esther

    Praise God for his deliverance to Edgar. Thank you for sharing.

  • Irma

    Praise thecLird from whom all good things come. He is a healer, a comforter, a miracle worker,a friend in time of need. Thank you God

  • Irma

    *The Lord*

  • This is indeed a powerful testimony. God is real and we must share his love everyday. He’s still working on hearts and continues to save many. Bless God.

  • Desiree

    What a MIGHTY GOD we serve,when we are in our mess HE is right there, working with us for us,to bring us to a place where we can be a blessing to others. Praise iHIS Holy Name.

  • Cynthia Duncan Mercer

    What a mighty God we serve!! God’s Grace is still amazing!! Thank you for sharing the story!

  • PNB

    Wow! A powerful testimony of God’s power to save. I pray God’s hand to continue to be upon and in Edgar’s life.
    Blessings. – Peter Nigel

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Praise the LORD! Our God is a mighty God.

  • shae

    Faith and Pray can achieve much.
    Please pray for a revival for the youth in our churches in Johannesburg. GOD please bring a revival in their hearts that they take the gospel serious and commit their lives to You Lord and experience saving grace and blessings we receive through the precious blood of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

  • Natasha

    What a beautifully written testimony! Thank you Katy!

  • Nonku

    GOD ALMIGHTY FATHER is able, what a testimony. Really there’s nothing too hard for GOD.

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen

  • Kayreen kufa

    Am happy to let you all know that my friend’s Mother made a full recovery.
    Praise the Lord.